At more than 3,000 acres and with just one established public boat access, Pelican Lake near Ashby, Minn., isn’t, well, overly accessible. It’s probably easier sledding during the hard-water season, when the beauty of the season is you don’t need a boat to access a lake that is “highly productive and supports very good fishing,” according to the Minnesota DNR…
For more success when ice appears this fall, test your sonar, GPS, and other ice fishing gadgets now – during the off season.
Ice angling lessons to consider as another incredible hard-water season draws to a close.
Instead of ending April 1, season runs to April 16 due to “unusually cold weather conditions.”
Michigan’s unusual ice fishing season is hanging on in northern Michigan, with whitefish moving into the spotlight.
At Hard Water School, cancellation allows for more classwork time, allowing the instructors to go into more depth and to explore some additional subjects that would not have otherwise made the agenda.
While the deadline to remove shelters across the northern tier of the state isn’t until March 20 (March 31 for Minnesota-Canada border waters), recent incidents are a reminder of the continued rapid deterioration of ice on most all lakes across the state.
It was a second poor ice fishing season in a row for much of the state, with only the colder lakes and ponds of the Adirondacks seeing an extended ice fishing season. And even the northernmost parts of the state suffered when record warmth in late February melted much of the ice and snow.
You can go as far west as Alexandria and still find walkable ice, although there is a distinct line west and south of this region that now offers few, if any, ice-fishing options.
All are reportedly OK after ending up in the frozen waters of a Chisago County lake and Lake Minnetonka on Sunday.
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DNR recommends anglers start assessing their shelter removal situation early and make arrangements as necessary to meet the removal deadlines.
That was the last time I’ll be driving the truck on the ice this year, though, unless we get another prolonged period of cold weather.
Most of the accidents happened in New York state, where officials warned that, despite recent snowfalls, many lakes have not had enough cold days to develop thick enough ice.
Lake of the Woods businesses expect steady hard-water angling for walleyes and other fish species through March 2017, maybe beyond.
On Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Wednesday, March 15. And regardless of removal date, shanties must be pulled as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them.
Above-average temperatures last weekend, expected to be followed by way above-average temps this weekend could significantly alter the state’s ice-fishing landscape.
Anglers were fishing on about 3 inches of ice on West Lake Osceola; ice fishing is not recommended over about the southern third of the state.
Don’t let the so-called ice fishing blues prevent you from landing walleyes and lunker panfish during the heart of the hard-water season.
The bay and the state park make for a major wintertime destination on the Minnesota side of the lake.
There’s plenty of ice for Saturday’s Holes for Heroes ice-fishing tournament, but with no snow cover, that ice is super slick, and participants should come prepared, tournament officials stress.
Reports of as many as 30-, 60-, and 70-fish days.
By the mid-point of the hard-water season, top ice fishing sticks employ tips-ups for transitioning winter gamefish action.
TOWN OF LINN, Wis. — Officials say dangerous ice conditions on Geneva Lake are to blame for the death of an ice fisherman. Town of Linn police say Michael Zielinski had gone out on the ice around 3 a.m. Tuesday. His wife called police when she couldn’t reach him by cellphone later in the day. Police deployed its drone and Zielinski’s…
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Authorities say the ice was as thin as an inch in spots